Summary of profession

Pathologists are doctors who diagnose disease by examining cells and tissue samples, and sometimes performing autopsies.

Working hours, patterns and environments

Pathologists work up to 48 hours a week for a full-time post. This will include some evening and weekend work. They may also be on a Rota for out-of-hours emergency work. Pathologists are often based in a laboratory, clinic or hospital ward. They wear protective gear like safety goggles, a facemask, rubber boots and a lab coat especially if they work in a laboratory. 

Education and skills

To become a pathologist, you will need four years of medical school, at least four years of residency (on-the-job training) in addition to a bachelor’s degree. 

Job growth and opportunities

The health care industry is expanding to serve a growing elderly population, so there will be a need for more pathologists.